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Issue #73, Spring 2020

This issue celebrates stories of the self in the world. Writers find (or, at least, try to find) meaning in familiar as well as unimaginable moments—the loves, losses, and joys that define our lives.

Also in this issue: the seductive dangers of self-mythologizing, the memoir-in-pieces, tiny truths, and more.

* The printing of Creative Nonfiction #73 has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Issue is available for pre-order and all new subscriptions will start with issue #73. Shipping date TBA.

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The Serious Business of Play Sasha Barab and Alan Gershenfeld

Finding Connection, Meaning, and Sometimes Joy. read more

Inside Out and Outside In Gabe Montesanti

Exploring the possibilities—and the pitfalls—of immersion projects read more

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The Lesson

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Twenty of the most vital and vibrant stories from Creative Nonfiction magazine's first 20 years of literary publishing. more


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